I love them. I love them. I love them. Here is a simple recipe for some chocolate-y banana quinoa delicious-ness filled pancakes. I considered throwing in some protein… but I’ll save that for another time. Feel free to try that if you want. Since I am currently in a boot and not on my usual workout regiment…. See yesterday’s post for details , I just don’t need the added protein in MY diet right now. Enjoy this recipe y’all!
In a bowl, whisk together the quinoa, flour, ground flax, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, Truvia, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
In a second bowl, whisk together the egg whites, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup.
Add liquid base to quinoa mixture; whisk to combine.
Puree the two ripe bananas; I opted for frozen bananas, defrosting in the microwave and pureeing in my Ninja (high-powered blender).
Add pureed bananas to the mixture and mix until just smooth (don’t overdo this).
Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium.
Drop batter by heaping tablespoonful to 1/4 cup increments into skillet.
Cook until bubbles appear on the top (about 2 minutes).
Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside (again, about 2 minutes).
Respray skillet (lightly) and repeat for the remaining batter!
Serve with maple syrup, peanut butter, fresh fruit, or your preferential toppings.
I recommend always keeping very ripe bananas in the freezer. When they "go bad," just peel, bag, and freeze so you have for the future (as in this case)! Also, next time you make quinoa with dinner, just make an extra cup and have it on hand in your fridge. This recipe is VERY roughly adapted from Martha Stewart’s quinoa pancakes (they were simply too "plain" for my taste). Too thick? Add 1 tbsp milk to the batter. Too thin? Add 1 tbsp flour to batter. If you don’t want chocolate in your pancakes, simply SKIP the cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
Have fun with toppings. I always change this up. In the image you see above, I did chocolate PB2, a dollop of greek yogurt and blueberries. Next time, who knows what the concoction will be? Just have fun with and see what YOU come up with!
Note: If you opt to skip the ground flax (which is essentially just for the added fiber and nutritional value), reduce your milk to 2-3 tbsp and either reduce the Truvia (natural sweetener) to one packet or completely disregard. I simpler added the sweetener to offset the flax-flavor. If you have any other variation-related questions, let me know!
So, not sure if anyone noticed–but I am soooo preparing myself for Valentine’s Day. The above was my attempt at a heart-shaped pancake. I have a few months to perfect it, right?!
AND! Drumroll PLEASE…
My Premier Protein giveaway WINNERS! I’ll be emailing soon to follow-up. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to EVERYONE who entered. Y’all are awesomely fantastic.